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Definition of oversight noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] the fact of making a mistake because you forget to do something or you do not notice something synonym omission I didn't mean to leave her name off the list; it was an oversight. You can never entirely eliminate human error and oversight.
  2. 2[uncountable] (formal) the state of being in charge of someone or something The committee has oversight of finance and general policy.
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